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The St Joseph Association of Salisbury will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Festa di San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Festival) on Sunday March 21.

This follows the receipt of an approved COVID Management Plan from SA Health, paving the way for the festival to once again be held at the St Joseph Italian Community Centre, 304 Waterloo Corner Road, Paralowie.

The 2020 festa was held before capacity restrictions came into place the following day but many of Adelaide’s other Italian festas were prevented from being staged during the pandemic.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and Fr Francis Trinh Van Phat will celebrate Mass which will be followed by a procession through the streets surrounding the community centre with a statue of St Joseph donated to the parish by southern Italian migrants in 1972.

President of the Association Rocco Carpentieri said the community was excited to welcome Archbishop O’Regan, who was appointed to Adelaide on March 19 2020 on the feast of St Joseph.

He noted that Pope Francis had made 2021 the Year of St Joseph, being the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St Joseph as the patron saint of the Universal Church.

“The Association has put in the hard yards to be able to celebrate their event this year,” Mr Carpentieri said.

“The local community has shown great devotion to St Joseph over the past 49 years which has allowed this festival to grow from humble beginnings to a prominent event on the calendar of many in northern Adelaide.”

The festival will feature performances by renowned Italian and Neapolitan musician Mira Sangregorio and her daughters Carmela, Carla and Diana and local entertainment for all ages including a children’s concert with Bluey.  Italian specialty foods such as Zeppole, Trippa, Mastozzoli biscuits, pizza, pasta and gelati will be available.

The St Joseph Association was founded in 1972 by a group of southern Italian migrants from the small town of Molochio in the province of Reggio Calabria.


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